Forums Focus: A weekly blog to enlighten, encourage and equip Christian business leaders to lead in business using Biblical Business Principles.

Biblical Business Principles – Last week we focused on Fair Pricing. Do your pricing policies meet the standards of Biblical Business Principles?

This week we will focus on the Golden Rule. Do you apply the Golden Rule to everyday business decisions?

Jesus taught Do for others what you would like them to do for you. This is a summary of all that is taught in the law and the prophets. Matthew 7:12 NLT How does this apply in the tough, competitive world of business in 2013?

There are two aspects of the Golden Rule, the positive and the negative. Positive – Treat others as you would like to be treated. Negative – Don’t treat others in ways you don’t want to be treated. How will you remind yourself to consider the Golden Rule before making a final business decision? (We all know it, but practicing it takes practice!)

Interestingly, some form of the Golden Rule is in every major religion of the world, including Islam. “Woe to those… who, when they have to receive by measure from men, they demand exact full measure, but when they have to give by measure or weight to men, give less than due” – Qur’an (Surah 83)

In researching the Golden Rule, I discovered the Golden Rule for fiscal policy which states that over an economic cycle, the Government will borrow only to invest and not to fund current spending. This means that on average over the ups and downs of an economic cycle the government should only borrow to pay for investment that benefits future generations. Day-to-day spending that benefits today’s taxpayers should be paid for with today’s taxes, not with leveraged investment. Therefore, over the cycle the current budget must balance or be brought into surplus. Our government doesn’t even pass a budget, much less follow the Golden Rule for fiscal policy. While this Golden Rule is not derived from the biblically based Golden Rule, it too has implications.

How will you remind yourself to consider the Golden Rule before making final business decisions?

Bit of Wisdom
Do for others as you would like them to do for you. Luke 6:31 NLT

Forums Ministry

Business By the Book Workshops are an excellent way to learn and review Biblical Business Principles. Prayerfully consider hosting a Business by the Book Workshop at your company or church?
BBB Groups help graduates of Business By the Book Workshops and Seminars apply Biblical Business Principles.

Forums Groups help one-another resolve difficult business issues using Biblical Business Principles through prayer, counsel, support, and accountability in a confidential closed group environment.
Business Leadership Forums are periodic events where business leaders share how applying Biblical Business Principles has impacted their business.

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